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The Never-Ending Pursuit April 12, 2007

Posted by Joe in Random Musings.

Good day everyone,

This quote was sent to me by a good brother this morning.

“It is to be feared that the most of us know not how much
glory may be in present grace, nor how much of heaven may be
obtained in holiness on the earth.”
… John Owen (1616-1683)

The statement is really quite plain isn’t it? But it is striking, because it is true! The only thing I might differ with in that statement is the ‘most of us’ part. Sure, some people know more and see more than others, but no one knows as they ought to know. Indeed, those who know must, realize how little they actually know.

This aspect of seeking greater knowledge and in turn, coming to realize that you don’t know very much relates to the pursuit of God because it flows from an encounter with God. Of course, the same type of thing could probably be said about the sciences, but the reason why a scientist is always making new discoveries and diving deeper into physical mysteries is because everything has been created by God–and is meant to point to the fact that He can always be searched out into greater depths!

And that is exactly what happens for those who seek God. The more they come to know Him, the more they realize how little they know. Isn’t it a joy to realize that our great God will never become boring to us? Throughout all eternity we will never cease to search out the riches of His glory! Think about that. Really ponder it for a few moments until you fall to your knees. I really don’t think we can tire in doing so. Our glorious Creator is infinite in His excellencies. Consequently, it will take an eternity to search out those excellencies. That is to say that we will never fully search Him out. Never will we come to a point where we can say, “Enough!”

Because this is true, we can know that if we are bored with God, it’s not His fault, but our own! If we have lost our passion, the question we need to ask is usually, ‘What have we done or failed to do?’ So quick we are to point the finger at God! As Solomon said, “When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the Lord” (Proverbs 19:3). It is ridiculous, but he said it because it is true! And it is true not only of the wicked but often of us isn’t it? How quick are we to look up at God and say, ‘What are you doing?’ Come on. Let’s get our minds back together here. Let us think clearly again and look only to ourselves to ask such a question. We are better to go in front of the mirror and say, ‘No, what are you doing?’

With all that being said, let us return to Owen’s quote before we part. None of us know what incredible joy and peace and power awaits those who press on to know the Lord. What glory. How much of Heaven can be known right here and now? Whatever our answer might be, it falls way too short! So, let us press on to know the Lord. Jesus has paid the price–not for us to sit around and waste our lives–but so that we might know Him and make Him known! Let’s examine our hearts and seek Him.

Pressing on to taste of Heaven right here and now,



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